China’s Melamine Tainted Products Enter Global Supply Chain

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Sept. 28 – The on-going development of the Chinese melamine scandal has reached into international brand products with several multinational food manufacturers now also having to recall product after tests showed them to contain traces of melamine, the substance initially discovered in Sanlu baby milk powder.

The South China Morning Post has reported the following brands are now affected and have been recalled pending further tests:

Four Seas cake (strawberry flavor)
Mengnui high-calcium low fat milk
Silang House of Steamed Potato wasabi crackers
Sanlu baby milk powder
Yili ice yoghurt bar, fruit bar and eight other Yili products from frozen foods to milk
White Rabbit milk cream candy

Dutch Lady strawberry, honeydew and banana flavored milk
Heinz DHA and AA vegetable formula cereal
Lotte Koala March soft milk chocolate filled biscuits
Nestle Neslac Gold milk
Nestle dairy farm pure milk (catering packs)
Nestle condensed milk
Pizza Hut powdered cheese packets

Meanwhile, the number of affected Chinese infants has risen by a further 10,000 in the last three days, adding to the near 13,000 that were acknowledged to have been hospitalized a week ago, and the 40,000 that required treatment. This number is also expected to rise dramatically, with Hebei province announcing an additional 4,794 new cases in just one day last week.

The Sanlu Group meanwhile may be forced by the Chinese government into being sold to a different company to clear up the management and install new integrity into the business. The acquiring company is believed to be Sanyuan Foods, a relatively small player in the Chinese diary industry but the only one whose products were found not to be laced with melamine. Sanyuan Foods share prices rose 10 percent, the limit under Shanghai stock exchange rules, on Thursday.